Fair Weather

Joe Matt

Drawn and Quarterly




128 Pages


Request Desk Copy Request Exam Copy

A Philip Roth for the younger set, Joe Matt looks back in this autobiographical graphic novel at a golden weekend from his 1970s suburban childhood. Young Joe is a selfish, whiny child who steals from stores, takes advantage of his friends, threatens to burn his mother's house down, and bullies those weaker than himself. His story centers on a fairground, comic books, a TV horror host, underground forts, and slurpee cups. Completely unsentimental and strangely endearing, Fair Weather continues the grand American tradition of humorous, idiosyncratic self-exhibitionism.


Praise for Fair Weather

"Richly evoking a '70s suburban childhood without sentimentality, Matt's poignant graphic novella is as refreshing as a slurpee on a muggy afternoon."—Entertainment Weekly

"Casting a critical eye on his younger self, Matt unflinchingly and comically paints himself as a selfish, greedy, geeky, and cowardly pre-teen stuck in '70s suburban America."—The Harrisburg Patriot News

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Joe Matt

  • Joe Matt, born in 1963, grew up in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. He began drawing autobiographical comics in 1987. Joe is also the author of Peepshow: The Cartoon Diary of Joe Matt.